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    The State of Games, Ep. 155 – The One About Gen Con 2018

    August 15th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewWelcome, dear listeners, to another podcast about the biggest show on astroturf (really) – Gen Con! Even though Gen Con has become almost nothing but business, business, business for most in the industry, it’s still a fun, amazing, and exhausting spectacle that we look forward to every year. Let us know if you have some great tales from the show, or, if  you played something awesome participating in GenCant. We’d love to talk about your adventures on the podcast!

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    Gen Con 2018 Pictorial Recap!

    August 14th, 2018

    Hello, dear readers, and welcome to another year of Gen Con coverage! This year’s show had record attendance, and I was just as busy as always showing off awesome games and taking meeting after meeting after meeting with designers. But I did get a chance to escape the job from time to time and check out some really cool stuff. So settle in and enjoy this brief look into the good time that is Gen Con!

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    The first part of our trip involved a stop in Nitro, West Virginia – a five-year tradition! This year, Dan Halsted of The League of Nonsensical Gamers flew into Raleigh all the way from Copenhagen just to make the drive with us! Yes, he’s insane, but it was an awesome road trip.


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    The State of Games, Ep. 154 – The One About the Top 5 Games EVER

    July 19th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewWe love when listeners get involved with the podcast and, because of comments and feedback from all of you, this podcast was magical. We’ve revisited our favorite games of all time occasionally but never within the context of a listener-curated list. And, oh, what an incredibly varied list it was! It just goes to show that all of you love so many different games in this hobby and that, dear listeners, is a truly wonderful thing. Happy listening!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 153 – The One About Origins 2018

    June 29th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s summertime and that means it’s time for the biggest gaming conventions of the year! It’s always great to kick off the season at one of our favorite gaming conventions, Origins Game Fair, and it’s hard to believe that this is the 7th year we’ve covered it on The State of Games. Both the podcast and the con have grown and changed through the years but the focus for both has, thankfully, remained the same – let’s get together and play some awesome games.

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    The State of Games, Ep. 152 – The One About the Fate of the Galaxy, Pt. 2

    June 5th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewFive years ago on Memorial Day weekend, six gamers gathered to duke it out for galactic supremacy in Twilight Imperium: Third Edition and we recorded the whole thing for The State of Games. Ever since that incredible 12-hour slugfest we had wanted to do it again and the release of Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition gave us all a perfect excuse. And, so, I convinced two of the veterans of the old game and two TI newbies over to the house, threw a pork butt on the smoker, and got down to business in figuring out who would reign supreme. Spoiler alert: It was awesome. Enjoy!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 151 – The One About the Axis of Not Misrepresenting Your Product

    May 23rd, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewWhen TC volunteers to handle an upcoming topic and tackle the show notes I never say no. Not only is it a welcome break for me but it’s inevitably like that ol’ box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. This time around it ended up with all three of us talking about best and worst of game aesthetics for about an hour, but the conversation was far more engaging and encompassing than I expected. We start at the fall of the video game industry in 1983 and don’t let up until we’ve covered the latest all-flash and no-substance projects on Kickstarter. So break out your smoking jackets, it’s getting academic up in here.

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    Help Decide the Fate of the Galaxy – Again!

    May 22nd, 2018

    TI4coverGreetings dear readers, and welcome to a long-awaited return to the far-flung star realms of Twilight Imperium. Five years ago, at Dice Hate Me HQ, six intrepid contestants vied for the seat at the head of Mecatol Rex, and only one was triumphant – me! Now, four factions have risen to challenge me for the throne. Two are veterans of the original battle, but two are new to the fray. And all, including me, are new to Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition!

    Here’s where you all come in – you can help us decide the fate of the galaxy by helping us choose which factions will be in the game, and which player will control them! Just like last time we’re conducting a poll which you can vote on below. We will take the top two faction results for each player and then choose one of them. To help you make the right choice I’ve provided a quick summary of the players, their strengths, and the factions and their special abilities. Vote, then stay tuned to @dicehateme on Twitter this Saturday, and then tune in to the next episode of The State of Games podcast to hear our exploits! And if you want to revisit all the fun, excitement, and double crossing from last time, be sure to check out Ep. 46 of The State of Games! Read the rest of this entry “

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    The State of Games, Ep. 150 – The One About Going Back to the Well

    April 30th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewEvery now and then on the podcast we like to have a special guest, and it’s especially special when the guest not only wants to be on but also proposes a salient topic. This time around we have Seth Jaffee, who is not only a game designer and head of development for Tasty Minstrel Games, but also a long-time listener of the podcast. We’ve known Seth for about seven years now, and it’s awesome to be able to catch up with him somewhere outside of Twitter and the big conventions. Join us as we go deep into all sorts of territories – this is a long one, but it’s chock full of meat!

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    It’s Time to Go Back to the Island!

    April 30th, 2018

    In this video I’m joined by J.R. Honeycutt, Ruth Boyack, and Lillian Hagmann as we return to Fireball Island and face the wrath of the volcanic tiki god Vul-Kar in the remake from Restoration games!

    The game is awesome, and still on Kickstarter… but for only a few days! Pledge now and try your best to survive!

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    The State of Games, Ep. 149: The One About Just Some Games

    April 12th, 2018

    stateofgameslogonewIt’s been a busy year for us here on the podcast and, as such, we’ve had back-to-back episodes that were around 3 hours. Those types of episodes can be a lot of fun but they’re also pretty exhausting, so we figured we’d take it a little easy this time around, keep it simple, and just talk about some of the great games we’ve been playing recently. Enjoy!

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